The Senate is poised to vote Tuesday on a bill to rein in the use of antibiotics in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure in the coming days, after a week of delays and a string of setbacks for President Donald Trump’s signature health care legislation.
Trump has vowed to veto the measure, with many Republicans already expressing concerns about its effect on the nation’s ability to protect itself from the virus.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that the measure would “further undermine public health by giving the drug industry a backdoor way to keep our citizens alive by preventing the development of new antibiotics.”
The Senate has held a series of votes on the bill since it was introduced in March, but has been unable to come up with a compromise.
After weeks of stalling, the Senate voted on Tuesday to move the bill to the Senate floor, which has already passed with unanimous consent.
But McConnell has not specified when he will bring the measure to a vote, leaving lawmakers scrambling to find a way to pass it.
McConnell said the measure is not expected to pass the House this year, meaning it will not become law, despite being in the Senate bill.
Democrats have said the bill does not go far enough to stop the coronivirus pandemic, and are threatening to block it from being brought to the House floor.
Democrats have argued that the legislation, which would require doctors to use the same guidelines to treat infections like the one in this tooth absinthe case, could prevent other patients from getting infected with the virus, since they are likely to have more contact with other patients in the community who may also have had the tooth absinthium.
The Senate health committee is expected to vote in favor of the measure this week, although some members may want to take more time to weigh in on its implications.
“We’re going to vote this week on this bill,” Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said in an interview Tuesday.
“I’m not going to give you any more details.”
The measure, if passed by the Senate, would be the first piece of legislation the Trump administration has signed into law that includes provisions to prevent coronaviruses from spreading to the public.